Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Grainger Museum Volunteers Program FAQs

  • Who can apply to volunteer at the Grainger Museum?

    Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to volunteer at the Grainger Museum, including students, alumni and members of the public.

  • I don’t know much about Percy Grainger or museums, can I still be a volunteer?

    Yes, you can. Our volunteers come from all different backgrounds, and our training and induction provides you with opportunities to learn about Percy Grainger and the Museum. One of the criteria for volunteers is that they have some sort of interest in music, history, art, museums and/or culture, and be willing to develop their knowledge in this area to get the most enjoyment out of being part of the Grainger Museum. If you are interested in volunteering at the Grainger Museum but haven’t visited before, you may wish to visit and experience the Museum for yourself to get a sense of what it would be like to volunteer there.

  • Do I need a Police Check?

    Yes, all volunteers must undertake a National Police Check before commencing volunteering, which generally occurs after the Induction Session. More information will be provided to successful applicants regarding this.

  • What days and times can I volunteer?

    Volunteering occurs when the Grainger Museum is open, from Sunday to Friday, from 12pm – 4pm. A volunteering shift is generally for one afternoon for four hours.

  • What time commitment does being a volunteer involve?

    Once inducted, volunteers are required to commit to at least one shift per fortnight.

  • What if I want to go on holidays or are sick?

    We understand that volunteers have other commitments and are accommodating of periods when volunteers are unable to be at the Grainger Museum, but we ask that the equivalent hours of the minimum commitment is met.

  • Why does the application process involve an online application, Information Session and Induction Session?

    While three stages may seem extensive, we are looking to match the right volunteers with the right role. A written application and meeting applicants at the Information Sessions allows us to find out their interests and reasons for volunteering, and an Induction Session ensures volunteers are trained and ready for their role. Finding volunteers who are interested and aligned with the Grainger Museum’s aims and work ensure the best experience for the volunteer and the Grainger Museum. Unfortunately, not all applications will be successful due to the limited places available in the program.

  • What happens at an Information Session?

    Applicants invited to attend an Induction Session after having attended the Information Session will learn more information relevant to their role, such as health and safety responsibilities, organisational polices and role specific training.

  • Can I volunteer for a short period of time?

    While we appreciate your interest in volunteering for a short period, to get the most out of their experience we ask volunteers to make an ongoing commitment to the Grainger Museum.

  • How often does the Grainger Museum recruit for volunteers?

    The Grainger Museum Volunteer Program is fortunate to have a small, dedicated group of volunteers and many people who would like to join the program. We generally undertake recruitment at the start of the year and the middle of the year, providing new volunteers can be accommodated. If you’d like to be notified when the Grainger Museum is recruiting, please sign up for our eNews.

    If the Grainger Museum does not have any opportunities available or you were unsuccessful in gaining a volunteer position with the Grainger Museum, you may wish to look at other opportunities at the University of Melbourne: